Museum of Endangered Sounds
A salute to Brendan Chilcutt, creator of the website;
A blog tallying the mounting toll of noise in Bangkok, offering an outlet for noise induced frustration, and indicating bureaucrats and others who may be indicted for monstrous invasions of the right to quiet
Curious I pinned a note to his collar: 'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'
The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: 'He lives in a home with non stopping chatting wife, 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep.
Can I come with him tomorrow?
The twentieth century is, among other things, the Age of Noise. Physical noise, mental noise and noise of desire -- we hold history's record for all of them. And no wonder; for all the resources of our almost miraculous technology have been thrown into the current assault against silence. That most popular and influential of all recent inventions, the radio is nothing but a conduit through which pre-fabricated din can flow into our homes. And this din goes far deeper, of course, than the eardrums. It penetrates the mind, filling it with a babel of distractions, blasts of corybantic or sentimental music, continually repeated doses of drama that bring no catharsis, but usually create a craving for daily or even hourly emotional enemas. And where, as in most countries, the broadcasting stations support themselves by selling time to advertisers, the noise is carried from the ear, through the realms of phantasy, knowledge and feeling to the ego's core of wish and desire. Spoken or printed, broadcast over the ether or on wood-pulp, all advertising copy has but one purpose -- to prevent the will from ever achieving silence. Desirelessness is the condition of deliverance and illumination. The condition of an expanding and technologically progressive system of mass production is universal craving. Advertising is the organized effort to extend and intensify the workings of that force, which (as all the saints and teachers of all the higher religions have always taught) is the principal cause of suffering and wrong-doing and the greatest obstacle between the human soul and its Divine Ground. — from Silence, Liberty, and Peace (1946)
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"Cranes start up at and you wake me up with hammers at every weekend," expatriate Klein told contractors at a meeting of irate, sleep-deprived residents.
Klein lives in an apartment in the Grand Regent in Soi Mahadlekluang 2. The block is sandwiched by two construction sites.
The nightmare may soon be over following reconciliation between the community and contractors. It is a win-win deal for the community, the contractors and Pathum Wan district.
"This is the first time a
There have been thousands of complaints about construction noise in
Led by resident Oraya Sutabutr, the community last month demanded contractors be more considerate about noise and shorten working hours on weekends. It also wanted dust control and care of public spaces.
Six more condominiums and hotels are being erected in Sois Mahadlekluang 1 to 3, adding to the half dozen already there. There is another construction site on nearby Lang Suan. This work causes noise and air pollution.
The contractors are Rittha,
When building started some months ago, residents were angered by working hours that often started as early as or even went around the clock.
They filed complaints with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and some of the problems were solved for a short period.
But Surakiat believed there would be no total solution unless the parties listened to each other's needs.
He arranged the recent meeting where the community asked contractors to start working in accordance with the law - which stipulates weekdays and on weekends as acceptable hours. Workers are required to take care when in public areas.
The community can punish contractors who ignore agreements struck at the meeting. Penalties include temporary closure for one day. For subsequent offences Bt100,000-a-day fines will be imposed and money used by the district for community improvement, such as footpaths for the disabled along Rajdamri Road and improvements to car parking at Wat Pathumwanaram.
"I'm just a middleman chairing the meeting. Everyone gets to say what they want," Surakiat says. "Nobody loses. And we get donations to improve our community, too."
Noise Monitoring System - NONE
Flight Track Monitoring System - NONE
Noise Level Limits - NONE
Well, what did we expect? It seems that Thailand has not set any limits to airport noise or made any investment for its limitation. For that matter, the governments of Malaysia, Singapore, and Manila are equally neglectful of the sensitivity of their citizens to aircraft noise!
To dream of what might be, compare the complex system of noise limitation at Charles de Gaulle airport!
In a small French mountain village called “Huguets” there is total stand off between farmer Pascal Francoz and his neighbor, Daniel Brault. The bells of the peaceful cows of the first agitate day and night under the windows of the second who is a draftsman. The ringing of the bells are the origin of a bitter quarrel between the two which with the passing of years has become the symbol of a battle between rural and urban people. The bells are an “instrument of work” and the “music of our mountains”, proclaims the farmer with the support of all agricultural organizations. A “harmful sound effect”, retorts his neighbor, citing in support medical and social expertise, according to which the noise exceeds the tolerance level by 5 decibels.
The matter was brought, on Thursday October 5, before the judge of the magistrates' court of Aix-the-Baths. Arriving with his supporters to the sound of cowbells, Pascal Francoz deposited an inoffensive small bell with crystalline tinkling on the desk of his lawyer, while Daniel Brault exhibited on his side a model having a definitely less delicate sound. “This lawsuit is not a lawsuit against the bells, nor against pastoralism”, asssured his lawyer, Me François Bern, to indignant exclamations of the public. “We like the bells which are part of the Savoyard culture. The noise of the bells is a melody for those who walk in mountains. But when it enters on your premise, in your living room, in your bed room. [“Ouh! Ouh!” shouted the public], when it is there in the morning when one rises, at midday when one has lunch, the evening when one lies down, and one does not manage to find sleep… then it becomes a harmful effect. The cows have an undeniable talent. But if Rostropovitch came to play the violoncello under my windows, the first evening, I would be charmed, the second a little less, and if it continued on every day and every night of the year, I am sure that that would finish by my boiling over completely! “, he observed. Against the farmer, who has “7 hectares of ground” and who refuses, according to him, to take “minimal measurements”, the lawyer asked the court to impose a perimeter on the animals and to grant 4.000 euros of damages to Daniel Brault. In response to these arguments, Me Pierre Perez, the lawyer of the farmer, answered by exhibiting the certificates of several neighbors, certifying on their honour that “in the memory of man” the cows of Saint-Offenge-Below always carried cowbells, and that “they had never caused annoyance to anyone”. His client, he affirmed, showed goodwill, by withdrawing right now about fifteen bells leaving only a few to tinkle on the necks of his animals. In response to the expert opinions offered he opposed the counter-evaluation of the mayor - “the poor mayor spent almost the whole night there! ”. he concluded with a gentle sigh. “It is thus with serenity that I ask you to reject the complaint of the plaintiff and to advise him to settle elsewhere”, concluded Me Perez. Into his file for the judge, he inserted a judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal of Riom on September 7, 1995, which rejected a complaint for “abnormal disorders of the vicinity” deposited against the owners of one hen house: “Considering the hen is a harmless and stupid animal, so much so that no one has succeeded in training it, not even a Chinese circus; that its vicinity comprises much silence, apart from some tender clucks and cackles that range from a merry sound (laying of an egg) to serene (tasting of an earth worm), unless thrown into a panic (seeing of a fox); that this peaceful vicinity could inconvenience only those who, for other reasons, nourish a grudge against the owners of these chickens. The court will not judge on the complaints of the boat against the sailor, the flour against the baker, the violin against the leader of the orchestra, or the inhabitant of the locality against a hen”.
For the bell and the neighbor, the court decision will be given on November 7.As reported in Le Monde, 7th October 2006